Cold and Flu: When to Seek Health Care
Parent’s often have questions about when they should take their child to the doctor.
Call 911 if your child:
- has severe trouble breathing or blue lips;
- is limp or unable to move;
- is hard to wake up or does not respond;
- has a stiff neck or severe headache;
- seems confused; or
- has a seizure (convulsion/fit)
Take your child to an emergency department if your child:
- is less than 3 months old and has a temperature of 38°C or more;
- has trouble breathing when resting, is wheezing, has chest pain when breathing or is coughing up bloody sputum (phlegm or saliva);
- is showing signs of dehydration (fewer than 4 wet diapers in 24 hours, increased thirst, no tears, dry skin, mouth and tongue, faster heartbeat, sunken eyes, grayish skin, sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on baby’s head);
- is constantly irritable and will not calm down;
- is listless, not interested in playing with toys or unusually sleepy.
Which emergency department should I go to in Winnipeg?
- If your baby is less than 3 months old go to Children’s Emergency (700 William Avenue).
- Older babies and children can go to their closest Emergency Department or Urgent Care.
Contact your child’s doctor:
- If your child still has a fever after 5 days or was feeling better and then suddenly develops a new fever.
- If your child has a bad earache or sore throat.
- If your child has symptoms of influenza and has a condition listed below that may put them at a higher risk of complications:
- Diabetes, kidney, heart disease or lung disease
- Morbid obesity
- Neurologic conditions including cerebral palsy, muscle weakness, seizures and developmental delay
- Heart disease such as congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure
- Blood disorders such as sickle cell disease
- Immune system problems or taking medications that suppress the immune system (such as chemotherapy)
- Receiving long-term aspirin therapy for chronic disorders